We were there first hand and heard a lot about the new vPro and Intel's ways of making life easier and nicer for the corporate world.The main idea is to get rid of the cables and unpleasant docking systems for businesses.
Intel has told us that the Wireless Dock is shipping in 2015 but didn’t want to get in details, yesterday we saw a small square cube device from HP which apparently does the job.
Keith Gilbreth of Intel’s PCCG Business Client Platform Division said you will simply put your Broadwell based notebook on the table and the small square box will transfer the picture, keyboard and mouse control and data transfer from your notebook to a desktop keyboard, mouse and monitor.
The Wireless Docking that Intel used in that presentation was based Intel Wireless Gigabit technology that uses industry standard 802.11ad and runs 60 GHz. This is a short distance protocol that allows high bandwidth and limited distance.
The main goal is seamless transition between mobility and productivity. It takes a few seconds for wireless dock to kick and and to show your Windows desktop on your monitor and to activate the keyboard and mouse peripherals. Gilbreth used a USB sick to play a video from the dock. The dock itself has a few USB ports, LAN connector and two DisplayPort connectors. It needs an active power but this should not be an issue considering that it is meant to sit on your desk.
The video played from the USB connected at the back of the wireless dock is going wirelessly to the notebook that renders it, transfers back to the dock that finally displays it on the monitor.
It will be interesting to see how much it will cost when it becomes available and how many notebooks will support the Intel Wireless Docking. Intel appears to have most of the Notebook OEMs behind it as ultimately it will remove the need for the large box PC and network cabling from companies.